Professional Learning Communities
A professional learning community is "an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action researchto achieve better results for the students they serve" (DuFour, DuFOur, Eaker, & Many, 2010, p.11). Effective use of professional learning communities can greatly enhance the curriculum and instruction used by teachers; therefore, raising student achievement.
Oskaloosa is a professional learning community (PLC) and within each building there are teams of teachers who work collaboratively to answer the four questions of a PLC and to focus on the three big ideas.
The Four PLC Questions
- What do we want all students to learn?
- How will we know when they have learned it?
- What will we do when they haven't learned it?
- What will we do to extend the learning when they already know it?
The Three Big Ideas
- A focus on learning
- A collaborative culture
- A results orientation